State Reps. Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty and state Sen. Kevin Kelly joined forces with Connecticut's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority last month to help residents learn more about their electricity bills and how to save money on their rates.

"A major complaint I hear from residents and businesses is about the cost of electricity rates," said Perillo, in front of some 40 people who attended the forum at City Hall on Jan. 28. "I think the cost of electricity is way too high and is something that needs to change here Connecticut and is something I will continue to work on.”

Perillo said he is pleased the state does provide resources to help residents learn how to save money on their electricity rates.

“It's clear that something needs to be done about the cost of electricity in Connecticut,” said McGorty. “I encourage residents to continue to reach out to us about the cost of electricity so we can bring this information before PURA next time suppliers ask for a rate hike.”

Kelly said that energy costs have become a major weight on families across the state.

“I appreciate PURA’s efforts to connect ratepayers with the information they need to be informed customers, and I appreciate all the residents who brought their questions to this forum to spark an important conversation,” said Kelly. “If you or someone you know is struggling to pay for basic needs such as electricity, please reach out to my office to learn more about what resources are available to you.”

Residents can visit www.energizect.com for more information about electricity rates. The website lets residents compare generation rates and provides tools to help residents learn more about their electricity rates.